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7 Tips For Successful Urban Farming

Social media is littered with people playing in the dirt, planting things, and generally spending more time concerning homegrown food than ever before! This is great news.

Are you considering expanding your backyard garden or even upgrading to urban farming or homesteading?

Doing Urban Farming the Right Way

Urban homesteading is well within the grasp of most suburbanites and even some city living folks who have reasonable local governments.

If you are ready to take the growing of food on your property to the next level, check out these great tips for successful urban farming.

1. Establish Your Goals

What exactly are you farming for?

Growing food
Want to be self-sufficient
Supplement our grocery bill
Sell my food

If you don’t know your goals, it is very tough to understand what steps to take. You will be hamstrung, or your focus will be spoiled by the next exciting thing because you have no direction.

Choose one from the list above and then begin planning a garden that can help you meet that goal.

2. Soil Testing

An often-overlooked aspect of urban farming and gardening is the simple soil test. Getting your soil tested before your start growing can save you YEARS of failure.

There are all kinds of things that you can learn about your soil from a simple test. The PH of your soil most certainly affects how your plants grow.

Your PH is also extremely easy to affect by using simple soil amendments.

3. Keep Adding Perennials


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Though you might be into growing tomatoes, corn, potatoes and peppers and other tasty annuals, you should look into adding some perennials to your farm each year. If you add 3 food-producing perennials to your property each year, you will have 15 food-producing plants that need very little care in 5 years.

Here are some great perennials that can be planted in an urban setting:

Hardy Kiwi
Goji Berry
Walking Onions

4. Fight for Hens

Backyard hens are essential to a great urban farm. Hens not only lay incredible eggs for you, but they also poop. Yes, I said they also poop. Their droppings can be composted and made into incredible food for your plants.

Though your locality may not allow backyard hens, you can fight for this by addressing the zoning laws of your city or county.

5. Grow Up!

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You will always be tight on space. That is one of the biggest problems that you will face. In order to combat space, you should consider growing more upward using trellises and stakes. This can make your yield exponentially greater.

While vining plants like peas and green beans are a no brainer for the trellis, what about cantaloupes, zucchini, winter squash and pumpkins? All of these can be grown up rather than out. Start looking at your garden differently.

6. High Yield

In these small spaces, you want to make sure you are focusing on high yield plants. Only give your high-powered soil to those plants that produce lots of food from each plant. Things like broccoli and cabbage are great, but you only get one of them from their soil position.

If you really want to maximize yield go for the biggest producers. Plants like cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, green beans, squash, zucchini, and lettuce are all high yield. Be sure to include these to maximize your harvest.

7. Protect Your Investment

Even a small urban farm or garden is a massive investment of your time and money. You need to be sure that you protect that investment. If you aren’t careful kids, dogs and other animals can ravage your garden in a matter of hours.

Deer can eat your garden down to nubs in one night! You must be aware of all these things.

Fences and raised beds are the best ways to protect plants from being destroyed. One trick I have learned over the years is to cover seedlings and young plants with mason jars. As they grow, they can both enjoy a warmer spring environment while also being protected.

Urban Farming Is A Great Idea

Whether you are planning on growing more food so that you know what goes into that food, whether you want more self-reliance from the system, or simply because you know that the food system is getting a little shaky, an urban farm may not sound like a bad idea.

Simply raising some bees, chickens or even rabbits along with your vegetables and fruits will put you in a position where you are slowly but effectively pulling away from your dependence on supermarkets and the greater scheme.

There is something romantic about it all. Isn’t there? The idea of radical independence calls out to us as Americans. We are a rebellious lot. Dealing with the issues of today and the struggles brought on through this pandemic only heighten the desire of many to start their own urban farm.

Are you considering growing your own urban farm? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section!

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An Emergency Candle That Noah Would Be Proud Of

We have approximately 12 hours of natural light from the sun and the rest of the time we merely turn a switch and out puts a flood of synthetic light. What takes place when the switch does not work any longer?

Since the development of electrical lights, candle lights have actually ended up being more of an ornamental product than a tool. Anybody that has actually ever been captured in a blackout understands the genuine worth of a candle light.

You can buy numerous ““ survival candle lights ” that last 12-120 hours, however did you understand that you can produce a candle light that will last for approximately 45 days utilizing something that you most likely currently have in your kitchen area?

All you require is:

a 48oz tub of Crisco or smaller sized. The big tub will get you the 45 life expectancy and anything smaller sized will burn considerably less.a spoon an old candlestick or something else that can be utilized as a wick

There are a couple of choices when it pertains to developing a Noah candle light. If you desire a candle light that will burn brighter or one that will last longer, one of the very first things you require to choose is.

For a longer enduring candle light you will utilize just one wick and for a brighter candle light you will utilize anywhere from 2-4 wicks depending upon the size of the container.

Regardless of the number of wicks you choose to utilize or the size of the Crisco tub that you select, the instructions are the exact same.

.If you are utilizing an old candlestick, #ppppp> Take your spoon and eliminate a little part of the Crisco straight in the center (for a single wick candle light). Merely push the candlestick down into the reducing till it touches the bottom. Utilize the reducing that was gotten rid of formerly to complete any divots.

Smooth the top of the Crisco down up until it is entirely flat, then cut the excess candle light and wick till you just have about 1/4” ” of wick standing out above the top of the reducing.

Light and delight in.

If you are utilizing a standalone wick, you might require to dig to the bottom of the can in order to get the base of the wick to lie flat versus the bottom of the tub. Merely melt the reducing and utilize it to fill in the hole that was left.

As a care: the container of the Crisco is made from a paper product and as such might capture on fire if you put the wick too near the external edge of the tub.

.Wish to know more? Have a look at these associated posts from our website:. Make an Emergency Candle Out of Butter DIY Bacon Grease Emergency Candle VIDEO: How to Make a Candle Out of a Crayon

Originally published on: November 12, 2012 @ 3:45 AM


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Priceless Bartering Chips For Your Survival: Part 3

Last week I gave you the second part of my list (# 6-9) of items that will be priceless as bartering chips after a crisis. This week I will finish out the list with the remaining 7 items and why they will be helpful.  Just a quick rundown of the first 5 items

Antibiotics and medicines
Sanitation and First aid supplies
Laundry Detergent
Water bottles

If you missed the previous newsletter that contains why these items are important or you just want a refresher please Click Here for numbers 1-5 and Click Here for numbers 6-9

10. Fire Starters

You can usually pick up a box of matches for free from a bar or any place that sells tobacco. Most of the time matchbooks get tossed in the trash or forgotten in a coat pocket. But for someone needing to build a fire to keep their family warm, a pack of matches or a lighter could be a priceless godsend. Be sure these are stored safely, and if they are not waterproof make them so by storing in a watertight container or covering them in paraffin wax.

These matches will keep for a very long time, they typical match will last around 3 years if kept dry but good quality matches that are stored in an airtight container can last up to 10 years or more.  Lighters such as disposable BIC lighters and Zippos will be huge in the barter community.

They will be a sought-after item simply because of how easy they are to use and the scarcity they will instantly have.  How many people do you think know how to actually start a fire with a bow drill, or a hand drill?  Starting a friction fire is not an easy task.  I can do it but I am by no means a master at it.

Even the best primitive skills expert can have trouble stoking a fire.  So it is for this reason that any lighters, matches, will be heavily sought after.  Just make sure that you properly store them for the maximum amount of shelf life.

11. Sugar

My great-grandmother used to tell stories from WWII. She would tell me how you couldn’t just walk into a store and buy as much sugar or butter or meat as you did not want, nor could you fill up your car with gasoline whenever you liked. All these things were rationed, and you were only allowed your rationed portion, even if you could afford more. The government introduced rationing because certain things were in short supply during the war, and rationing was the best attempt they had to ensure that everyone got their fair share.

Sugar was something he often mentioned. Imagine how easily you could win over a mother with a family of children that all have a sweet tooth with the simple promise of a bag of sugar in exchange for something you are short on.

12. Toilet paper

This one is rather self-explanatory, isn’t it? Sure, there are substitutes for Angel Soft, but who wants to use leaves and corncobs like they did back in the “good ole days” when paper feels so much better.  This is one barter item where creature comfort trumps practicality.  People will be clamoring for anything that comforts them after a crisis, but unlike with cigarettes and alcohol, the urge to have soft T.P. doesn’t go away.

13. Water Filters/Purifiers

Water purification drops and filters could mean the difference in offering family members treated water or potentially harmful, bacteria-infested water.  Considering the fact that you can die in just a few hours without fresh water, and the fact that drinking contaminated water can cause an agonizing bout with some very nasty parasites, what wouldn’t you be willing to trade for that?

14. Bleach

May be used to disinfecting water or keep living quarters and soiled clothing sanitized. This would be a major barter item especially after any type of pandemic crisis.  As far as water purification, 1 gallon of bleach can create up to 50,000 gallons of disinfected drinking water.  This amount is entirely dependent on how contaminated the water is to start with and only works for biological contaminants (heavy metals and chemical runoff is not removed) Like I said above in the bottled water section, Clean water is NOT a luxury.

15. Batteries

Can be used to power up flashlights, radios, and other electronic devices. You need battery power for just about anything mobile.  While these will be used to power flashlights and other essentials, batteries will be coveted heavily for the ability to entertain us.

A mother can ration out the family Gameboy for chores completed by the children or the family can gather around the radio in the evening and get the comfort of music or keep in touch with world news. Either way when electricity is not option batteries are the only way.  I have heard differing opinions on this, but I was always told to keep batteries in the freezer to increase their longevity. However, you choose to store them, be sure that you use FIFO on batteries as well, you don’t want to rely on half dead batteries when you need them the most.

16. Candles

Emergency candles would be a great barter item for those in need of providing some light to their living quarters without electricity. If you get the long burning emergency candles they can be used to keep a fire going or start a new one if you run out of matches.  Also with a little know how you can learn to make your own candles, which increase your skill set and in turn would increase your value in a post SHTF community.

Can you think of other items you would add to your barter store?

Click Part 1 and Part 2 to read more about this series.

Originally posted on: November 1, 2012 @ 3:45 AM

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